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Most of Wagner Prisoner Fighters Are Dead or Deserted After Soledar: Report



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Roughly simply one-fifth of the previous Russian prisoners recruited to battle in opposition to Ukraine as a part of the Wagner Group stay, in accordance with a Russian journalist.

Olga Romanova, head of the Rus Seated charity basis, mentioned in a YouTube video revealed by the My Russian Rights venture that the non-public navy firm (PMC) headed by Russian financier and longtime Vladimir Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin had recruited within the vary of 42,000 to 43,000 prisoners by the tip of final 12 months.

That tally has most likely surpassed 50,000 fighters within the current state of the battle, she mentioned, in accordance with a translation from information outlet Meduza. However of these approximate 50,000 troopers, solely “10,000 are preventing on the entrance, as a result of all the remainder are both killed…or lacking, or abandoned, or surrendered.”

She additionally recommended that Prigozhin doesn’t maintain statistics on lacking or defected prisoners, as an alternative writing off such troopers as deceased whether or not or not it is factual.

Meduza reported on Friday a few girl who acquired an empty coffin from the Wagner Group, although she was unaware it was empty on the time.

Following a burial service for her husband this winter, the girl—cited by the alias of Angelina—advised media outlet TV Rain, or Dozhd as it’s identified in Russian, that she discovered her husband was nonetheless alive and preventing in Ukraine.

The lady additionally mentioned she discovered her husband, who had been serving a sentence in an unspecified Russian penal colony, was preventing for the Wagner Group solely as a result of the relative of one other convict had knowledgeable her.

She added that she doubted her husband joined the trigger voluntarily as a result of “he handled Ukraine properly.”

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A person carrying navy camouflage stands on the entrance of the PMC Wagner Centre, related to the founding father of the Wagner non-public navy group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in the course of the official opening of the workplace block on the Nationwide Unity Day, in Saint Petersburg on November 4, 2022. New stories recommend that simply one-fifth of the roughly 50,000 Wagner prisoner fighters stay preventing in Ukraine.
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After starting his project within the fall, the girl mentioned her husband stopped speaking by the winter. She later acquired a name from the Wagner Group itself, informing her that her husband was allegedly killed within the Bakhmut area of Ukraine.

Her household was later given a closed zinc coffin, medals, a certificates of honor and a demise certificates.

“They advised us that there was no have to open the coffin, as a result of earlier than sending [fighters to the war], they take some DNA, and when the corpses are discovered, they evaluate them,” mentioned the girl. “They advised us that they gave us a 100% assure that it’s him.”

Claims of a principally depleted pressure comprised of prisoners and mercenaries accompany new reports of tension between Prigozhin and Putin, because of the group not dwelling as much as its marketed navy prowess.

The Institute for the Examine of Battle (ISW) mentioned Prigozhin’s “star has begun to set” after failed promises of capturing the Donetsk city of Bakhmut.

“Prigozhin’s feedback replicate a cowboy method to battle that’s unsuited to the event and upkeep of an efficient large-scale and disciplined fashionable navy,” ISW reported in one assessment.

Prigozhin has even taken issues into his personal arms to dispute a press release on Friday from White Home nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby that the Wagner Group had been designated a “transnational criminal organization.”

“May you please make clear what crime was dedicated by PMC Wagner,” Prigozhin wrote in a brief letter in each English and Russian that was shared on his Telegram social media channel.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian International Ministry for remark.